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Caribbean Designer Pays Homage To Black History Month, Artists And Jump-starts NY Fashion Week

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Trinidad’s visionary designer, Keishel Williams, announced recently that she will showcase her Fall 2011 line called ‘Sunday in the Park’ on Monday, February 7, 2011. ‘Sunday in the Park’ is inspired by Georges-Pierre Seurat’s painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte- 1884.

New York, host of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, is known as the epicenter of fashion where over 800 fashion companies headquarters reside and 466 million dollars is generated during fashion weeks alone according to Mayor Bloomberg. February is also known as Black History Month, which allows individuals to reveal and recognize African American figures and their continuing contribution and struggle. Dating back to the late 1960’s to early 1970’s African American artists such as Gordon Parks, have always used black history month as a time to reveal their underlying interest in design, figures, and their continuing struggle for civil rights.

“If it weren’t for those who fought for my basic civil rights, I would not be able to showcase before, during, or after New York Fashion Week,” says Williams. “I’m grateful I have the privilege to showcase my designs today at all,” Williams admits.

The collection, under her Jlehsiek fashion house, is designed for the contemporary woman who exhibits her “inner art.” The details of her showcase during New York Fashion Week are as follows:

Date: Monday February 7, 2011
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Foley Art Gallery in Chelsea, on Monday February 7, 2011 at 7pm EST.

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